Kavita Raut: Indian long-distance runner
Kavita Raut was born in a tribal family on 5 May 1985 in Sawarpada, a village near Harsul, Nashik in Maharashtra state, India is an Indian long-distance runner . She holds the current Indian National record for 10 km road running with a timing of 34:32 as well as the current Indian National record in the half marathon with a timing of 1:12:50. She won the bronze medal in 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the first individual track medal by an Indian woman athlete at the Commonwealth Games.She also won the silver medal in 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Asian Games. She is employed with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). She is married to Mahesh Tungar in April 2013. Tungar is an assistant engineer with Mahagenco, Nashik.
She is coached by Vijender Singh. Raut’s personal best for 5,000 metres is 16:05.90 which she achieved while winning a bronze on 10 November 2009 during the 18th Asian athletics championships held at Guangzhou, China.During the 50th National Open athletic meet held at Kochi, Raut set a meet record in the 10,000 metres event on 18 May 2010 while winning the gold medal. She bettered the previous meet record held by Preeja Sreedharan by clocking 32:41.31.
She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi on 8 October 2010 with a timing of 33:05.28.The medal was the first individual track medal by an Indian athlete at the Commonwealth Games in more than 50 years, after Milkha Singh’s 440 yards gold at the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games. It was also the first individual track medal by an Indian woman athlete in the history of Commonwealth Games. She also won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China on 21 November 2010 with a timing of 31:51.44, which is her personal best. The medal was a double victory for India, as Preeja Sreedharan won the gold in the same event with a timing of 31:50.47 setting a record for India’s best. She started the following season with a 5000/10,000 m double at the 2011 National Games of India, setting Games records in both events.Raut holds the current Indian National record for 10 km road running with a mark of 34:32, set at the Sunfeast World 10K in Bangalore. She is a recipient of Arjuna Award. Thus, Nashik is blessed with such icons and rising stars, who not only excels on the tracks of athletes but also add up a boost of honour for the nation.